No, I am not ashamed of that long title.
this is a scheduled post.
Sorry about that… but school is starting, and I couldn’t switch my days for the blog tour!
*ducks from rotten tomatoes*
I know, I know… you guys want to know what’s happening the day of!
But… think of this post like a time machine.
You can all go back to Tuesday, September 6th!
What’s happening today:
Um… nothing much, really. XD
Well… I jut found out I get to start 7th grade with NO school supplies because the shipping company had a delay…*growls* *throws fit* UPS!! UGH!!
Oh, and on top of that…
I basically forgot how to speak Spanish and I have a packet due on Friday! Well, today for all of you reading this. 😉 So, on top of being unprepared, I’m going to satrt of my first year getting letter grades with an
But enough of me being dramatic! You want to hear about Kellyn’s book!
Well, let’s get started, because I don’t want to dodge anymore tomatoes!
So, let’s get going with the inside scoop (yes, I know I am 1 of 20 blogs with the “inside scoop”… ) on Kellyn’s new book…
The Lady Of The Vineyard!
3 cheers for Kellyn!
Oh, and I also made custom spacers for my blog! I’ll try out a couple today, and I hope y’all do me a favor and comment which one you like best!
Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, incredibly needy cat, and faithful border collie Gidget on a ranch in the country. She’s a Christian, country girl, and professional skydiver (yes, we are playing two truths and a lie here). Ever since she could talk, she had a fascination with words, always making up songs and poems. Now a homeschooled high schooler, she spends her spare time (away from the real world) writing novels when she’s not procrastinating or blogging (which is just a higher form of procrastination) at http://kellynroth.wordpress.com.
The Lady Of The Vineyard Synopsis
Judy has lived with her egocentric mother since her parents divorced when she was a baby. When her father, Troy Kee, shows up at her sixth birthday party and whisks her away to his vineyard in France, Judy is more than happy to go with him. But Adele, Judy’s mother, isn’t quite ready to give up her daughter. Can Judy forgive Adele? More importantly, can Troy?
(Questions) (Kellyn) (Me)
- Tell me the story behind TLOTV.
Okay. *prepares for long rant* Once upon a time, I outlined this really great story (or at least I assumed it was a great story). It shared the same title as the novella we’re talking about now, but otherwise … they haven’t much in common.
The Lady of the Vineyard was the story of an eight-year-old girl named Alicia Chattoway (or something like that; I can’t remember if I used ‘Chattoway’ back then or not). She lived in London with Aunt Christina and Uncle Charles, little siblings Yvette and Henri, Grandmother, and, of course, her mother, Claire (who was a silly social butterfly).
Claire had divorced her husband a long time ago … probably when Henri was a baby or something like that. Because apparently divorce was okay in the 1870s and readily available. Not. XD #rookyhistoricalfictionwriter Anyway, Alicia can barely remember him.
So … basically, Alicia was kidnapped. But she came to love her kidnapper (he was more like a thug hired to keep her by the kidnapped … I’m not exactly sure how it worked …). Anyway, the police find the hideout or whatever, and Alicia is returned to her loving family.
However, her mother doesn’t feel that London is a safe place for a little girl. Little girls, she thinks, should be raised in the country (and besides she wants an excuse to see her ex-husband again and see where he’s gotten to in the last five-ish years). So Alicia goes to France with her mother chaperoning her (if that’s the correct terminology) to live with her father. When she gets there, however, her father (Philippe Bandeau, the vineyard-owning Frenchman) has remarried (without even telling them about it? Eesh). And … stuff happened after that.
If you’ve read or heard of my novel, The Dressmaker’s Secret, you probably recognize a couple traits from it as well as some from The Lady of the Vineyard. Well, to write TLOTV, I removed the traits that were similar to that of The Dressmaker’s Secret and the traits that were unbelievable … and wrote that story!
2. The weirdest place you found inspiration for TLOTV
I know this isn’t exactly weird, but the song 22 by Taylor Swift. I sometimes couldn’t stand Adele – and definitely couldn’t understand her – so it helped to imagine her as ‘happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time; it’s miserable and magical’ instead of just plain old selfish.
I am a sorta-fan of Taylor Swift: I just hear her more popular songs.
3. Drawings/Illustration with your stories or nón?
Not really. I was having people draw sketches of each of the main characters (Adele, Judy, and Troy), but … I forgot? XD
4. Were there any special helpers with TLOTV?
Come up on the stage, Prill! *motions April up* This is my esteemed friend April McLauren. She owns this blog. And she helped me with TLOTV! 😀 (There were lots of other people, too, but … *shrugs* I don’t care to list them all. Anyway, they weren’t on with me from the first draft like April!)
OMG, wow, I’m so flattered! it was a pleasure to read, Kell! You have such talent! *curtsies, because this si the ’30 ;)* *scurries of stage becuase is embaressed of the attention* Aw, stoppit, you guys. 🙂 😉
5. Why do you like to write historical fiction as opposed to other genres?
Because I’d much rather be living in one of the eras I’m writing about than now! (Although, you know, now is super nice, too!)
Really, though, I suppose I never thought about setting a book in the modern-day world! It just never occurred to me. Maybe because I read a lot of classics, or maybe because my mom really loves history, and so a lot of that love has been infused in me (because I’m homeschooled).
Oh, okay. That makes sense. Our world can be pretty messed up sometimes, like a rose. they’re so pretty, but they can also prick you.
6. Behind the title
Um … random words that hopefully make sense together? XD
Oops, I probably shoulda been more specific than that… but hey! This is my first time interviewing someone, and I don;t plan on going up to be a newscaster… you wouldn’t be able to hear me, anyways! (I talk very quietly in real life, and I thought you’d get that joke because… you obviously know exactly what I think! No, that’d be creepy.) Wow… sorry for this ramble, your not here to learn about me, your here to learn about KELLYN! Let’s head back over to the questions.
7. How do you write?
How? Well, I sit in front of a computer and type. Sometimes I write on paper, too, with a pen or pencil. 😉
Welo, there’s another one I shoulda been more specific on… oops! I really need more practice at this.. 😀
8. First novel?
Midnight and Twilight, the story of two horses attacking each other. I know … fascinating.
That sounds… interesting!
9. Why a short story and not a novel?
There really just wasn’t enough plot! Also, I wanted to finish it up quickly so I could go back to working on Ivy Introspective. At the beginning, though, I wasn’t even planning for it to be longer than ten pages, so … it’s really expanded!
10. Who was your favorite character to write? (Shh, I won’t tell)
Troy! I adore Troy! And I don’t care if you people hate on his mustache all day … it stays! unless maybe possibly Adele shaves it off at some point …
Haha, I can imagine Adele doing that! She’s very strong-willed… 😀 Yea! I like his mustache! It seems… adorable!
11. Novel playlist or nah?
Yes! Surprisingly, mostly Taylor Swift and Sanctus Real. Which is weird, because I have ’30s-era music. XD
I just keeled over laughing by imagining Adele and Troy going to a Taylor Swift concert… now that would be a laugh!
12. How long is TLOTV?
It’s 15,000 words, which comes about to about ninety pages. 🙂
Gosh, I’ve never written a story that long… *applauds*
13. And lastly, any published-author-wisdom for us wanna-be’s?
Rule your characters instead of visa-versa. (It can be done. What? It can, too! You just have to have will-power. *nods firmly* *is drug in the dirt by various charries*)
I have about the will-power I have with characters the will-power I have gummy worms… none! XD
Well, check back later today for the next part! It’s just this post was getting pretty long… So I’m going to give it to you in bite-sized chunks! Like Watermelon. Who ever just bit into a watermelon whole? Not me, for sure. 🙂